Sustainably Harvesting Oregon Grape

­ Alternative wellness philosophies often ask “what is the root cause?” By assessing the root cause, one can take proactive measures towards health and well-being. In the case of Oregon grape, the root of this plant has been used by traditional healers to stimulate the digestive tract. Oregon grape root is classified as an Alterative and a Bitter in the tradition of neo-eclectic herbalism popularized by Michael Moore, Howie Brounstein, and many others. From State Flower to Home Remedy In the Northwest where Oregon grape grows in abundance, the plant’s root is a go-to tonic for both the fledging and well-seasoned herbalist. However, the root is not only used as an internal tonic. Traditional and modern herbalists may also incorporate Oregon grape […]

Oregon Wild Matching Gift

Stand with Mountain Rose Herbs and Oregon Wild to protect the Rights of Nature! Donate Here In mid-November, I had the pleasure of hearing Winona LaDuke speak at the University of Oregon on the topic of The Rights of Nature. Ancient old growth forests, river ecosystems, and endangered species cannot cast a ballot or speak for themselves. They need our help to survive. Oregon Wild is working to protect and restore Oregon's natural treasures as a lasting legacy. More than ever before, Oregon's wildlands, wildlife, and waters need us to be their voice. Donate during the month of December and Mountain Rose Herbs will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $5,000! For over 40 years, Oregon Wild has worked to protect and […]

New Look: Certified Organic Massage Oils!

We are excited of offer our new Certified Organic Massage Oils exclusive to Mountain Rose Herbs. These unique blends are lovingly crafted in our body care kitchen from the finest organic ingredients. Our carrier oil bases are solar-infused with organic botanicals for two weeks and hand-blended with organic essential oils. Each oil comes packaged in a 4 oz. plastic amber bottle with a convenient flip cap. Wonderful for self-massage, sharing a candlelit moment with your partner, or incorporating into your professional practice, our organic massage oils have four original blends to choose from; all based on classic Mountain Rose Herbs formulas that have been with the company for over 20 years. Our Autumn Moon Massage Oil is comforting and grounding with […]

In Gratitude for Plants

Fall is my favorite time of year. We find more time to spend with family and friends, indulge in lovingly-prepared meals that feature the abundance of the harvest, and light the first warm, cozy fires of the season. For me, the focus on the harvest extends beyond food and crops: we also gather community, stories of summer, projects, and hopes for the coming year. As an herbalist, I collect the moments of connection I’ve had with plants since they re-awakened in spring — walks in the deep forest, the unexpected ally in an unfamiliar land, new friends made, nuanced experiences of flavor, and the shifts along the way. Perhaps this is why I love this time so much. It is […]

New in the Shop: Solomon’s Seal Root Powder

We are happy to add Solomon’s Seal Root Powder to our roster of herbs and spices. Respectfully wild-harvested on the East Coast, Solomon’s Seal is a useful astringent, demulcent, and tonic herb. It is generally made into a decoction, but Solomon’s Seal Root Powder makes an excellent poultice. Historically, indigenous cultures of North America consumed the starchy rhizomes of Solomon’s Seal as a potato-like food to make breads and soups. The young shoots are also edible, raw or boiled for an asparagus-like treat. The plant gets its name from a scar that develops on the rhizome in the Autumn, resembling the ancient seal of King Solomon. Visit our online shop to view our entire line of herbs and spices.     SaveSave

Zero waste tips for buying less & celebrating more!

The holidays are the most giving and generous time of the year. They are also the most wasteful. Between Thanksgiving and New Years, Americans throw out about 25 million tons more trash than normal — a 25 percent increase over the rest of the year. We can change that! Here’s a list of suggestions to help you celebrate the holidays, or any special occasion, while making the planet happy: Make a gift using upcycled material. This one is near and dear to our hearts. You knew that, right? Not as crafty as you’d like to be? Bake a treat or invite your friends over for a lovely home-cooked meal. They can return the favor by making it a potluck party. Donate in someone’s […]